Taylormade Stealth HD Vs Taylormade M4 Irons Comparison Overview

Taylormade Stealth HD Vs Taylormade M4 Irons

Taylormade has really made a name for itself as a producer of world-class game improvement golf clubs over the last decade or so.

And when it comes to GI irons, Taylormade is simply hard to beat as a brand.

Still, prospective buyers still have to make a decision on one set of irons. And if you like Taylormade GI irons but are on the fence, we want to help.

Today we will be comparing a couple of Taylormade’s most popular GI irons: the Taylormade M4’s and Stealth HD irons.

Taylormade Stealth HD Irons Overview

“The Stealth HD irons are not your ordinary GI irons.”

In fact, when our testing team first got them, they thought they were hybrid irons. The Stealth HD irons have a chunky look at address with very wide, rounded soles.

It’s also very important to note that the Stealth HD irons have internal draw bias so if you already naturally draw the ball, these aren’t the irons for you.

Who the Stealth HD irons are for are players struggling with a slice and who need maximum forgiveness from their irons. They launch ridiculously high and offer a high degree of side-to-side forgiveness.

Our testers said that these irons have a nice, soft feel to them – even on mis-hits. The Stealth HD irons are progressive which means the CG starts real low in the long irons but gets higher as you get to the short irons.

This was a feature we really liked because it made it easier to get proper launch from the long irons and offered more control around the green.

Taylormade M4 Irons Overview

“The Taylormade M4 irons have a more traditional look at address.”

The soles are thinner and the face profiles are a bit deeper. These are classic cavity back irons that offer similar launch angles to the Stealth HD’s.

The M4’s also feature the Speed Pocket which increases forgiveness on low face strikes.

The Taylormade M4’s played longer for our testers with fast swing speeds; but not for the testers with swing speeds under 85 MPH.

“The Taylormade Stealth HD irons are certainly the better game improvement irons…assuming you need to straighten out a slice.

They look comforting at address and play smooth from the rough. The Taylormade M4 irons are better for mid to high handicappers who want to be able to work the ball a bit more.”

Taylormade Stealth HD Irons – First Impressions

“The first thing that almost all of our testers noticed about these irons was the width of the sole.”

This is what makes these borderline hybrid irons. The sole looks very chunky both in the bag and behind the ball. For high handicappers, this will likely be a welcome sight. You will feel very confident taking a full swing with these irons and likely increase your striking accuracy.

Tayloramde Stealth Iron Family

“For better players looking for a bit more workability, the standard Taylormade Stealth irons would be a solid choice.”

The standard Taylormade Stealth HD irons have a more traditional iron look at address even as they are cavity backs. Mass has been shaved off of the toe area and repositioned in the sole, right under the sweet spot. So you get rewarded more than usual when you pure the ball. The flight is lower compared to the Taylormade Stealth HD irons and so are the spin rates.

The standard Taylormade Stealth irons will definitely feel better for players with faster swing speeds too. They have a neutral flight instead of the internal draw bias of the Taylormade Stealth HD irons. The standard Tayloramde Stealth irons lack the multi-material cavity badge in the back; but they don’t really need it because forgiveness is not the main emphasis of these irons.

Taylormade M4 Irons First Impressions

The Taylormade M4 irons have a clean, cavity back design with an extended sole in the rear which looks very comforting for beginners.

This feature also made them play very well in the rough. It is very easy to launch the ball high (and far) even from the rough. We were very pleased with the feel when we struck the ball right in the sweet spot.

However, the feel gets a little thin and the sound gets a little hollow unless you are dead-center on the sweet spot.

Taylormade Stealth HD Irons Selling Points

  • Steep launch angles
  • Good stopping power
  • They play well from the rough
  • They will help you correct your slice
  • The wide sole looks forgiving behind the ball
  • Great for high handicap players looking to increase accuracy

Taylormade M4 Selling Points

  • Ribcor design
  • Speed Pocket
  • Thick sole
  • Plenty of offset
  • Premium shaft options
  • Strong loft

Who Are the Taylormade Stealth HD Irons for?

“The Taylormade Stealth HD irons will benefit high handicappers and in particular, high handicappers that need to be able to launch the ball high while keeping it on the fairway.”

If accuracy is your main concern, then the Taylormade Stealth HD irons should definitely be on your radar. If distance is your main concern, you may want to look elsewhere. The distance isn’t the main attraction with these irons. Don’t misunderstand, as we have said the distance our testers were yielding with these irons was considerable – just not anything you would write home about.

Distance: 93/100

Workability: 90/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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Who are the Taylormade M4 Irons for?

There’s no question that the Taylormade M4 irons would be great for anything struggling with distance on the fairway.

At the end of the day though, these irons do much more for beginners than play long. Beginners, who will often find themselves in the rough, will benefit from the beefy sole and strong lofts of these irons.

Even intermediate players who don’t quite have their swing speeds where they would like it to be would benefit from these irons. Even if you are mixing and matching and only using the longer Taylormade M4 irons, they could be great assets as purely distance irons.

The Taylormade M Family of Irons

The Taylormade M family of irons also includes the M2 irons. The first thing we noticed about the M2 irons compared to the Taylormade M4’s is that the M2’s don’t do as good a job at dampening harsh impact vibrations.

On full swings, the M2’s feedback gets muddied by unwanted vibration. The M2’s do have the same lofts as the M4 irons though so the flight trajectory is very similar with these two iron sets.

It should also be noted that the M2 irons don’t feature the same Ribcor design as the Taylormade M4 irons. The main difference this makes is lesser distance – or at least, harder distance.

In other words, you will have to have good accuracy and a fast swing speed to get the same kind of distance with the M2’s as you would with the Taylormade M4 irons. As such, the M2 irons are better in the bags of low handicappers.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 91/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 93/100

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